The Job Description for “Mother”

Job Title:   Mother.

General Job Description:  Giving birth and nurturing a child so that it actualizes its full potential as a human being.

Qualifications:  Must be a female who is able to reproduce.  No education or training of any kind is required.

Salary:  None.

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Coronavirus and Hysteria

Ever since the Coronavirus, or COVID-19 as it is now called, appeared in Wuhan, China, in December 2019 it has invoked a fear reaction.  “A new virus has been discovered,” experts were saying, “it is spreading fast in China,” “93 people have died in China,” “47 have died in Iran,“ “I’m afraid this time we may be in for an epidemic of world proportions….”

These kinds of statements by reporters, doctors, government officials and even Presidents have contributed to a growing hysteria.  People are staying home from work and stocking up on food supplies, and Walmart also reported recently that people are buying guns at an increased rate.  It seems that almost everybody is expecting some world disaster.

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A Hug a Day Keeps the Doctor Away

Art by Eva Campbell –

Common sense tells us that a hug is good for us.  Now a new study confirms just how and why hugs are so beneficial.

A study of 404 healthy adults by experimenters at Carnegie Mellon University examined the effects of hugs on the health of participants, particularly their susceptibility to developing the common cold.  People who reported more hugs and greater social support were 32% less likely to come down with a cold, and the researchers interpreted that a “stress-buffering” effect of hugging explained the beneficial effect.

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